The Chicago Blackhawks have selected defenseman Dylan Olsen
from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the 28th selection of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday night.
Olsen, 18, paced Camrose blueliners with 10 goals and registered 29 points and 123 penalty minutes in 53 games last season, his second in the AJHL. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native also collected four points (2G, 2A) and a +4 plus/minus rating in six games with Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 IIHF World Championships.
Olsen (6-2, 206), who was selected to the 2009 Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects game, has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 2009-10. He has racked up 168 penalty minutes and 53 points (18G, 35A) in 102 career games over two seasons with Camrose. During his first campaign with the club, Olsen helped the Kodiaks capture the 2008 AJHL championship and the 2008 Doyle Cup (a best-of-seven series against the BCHL champion) before losing in the final of the Canadian Junior ‘A’ championship to the Humboldt Broncos (Saskatchewan).
The Blackhawks 28th overall selection on Friday marked their latest in the first round in franchise history (46 previous NHL Drafts).
Chicago holds six more selections in the 2009 NHL Draft, which continues with the second round on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. (CT). Rounds two through seven can be seen locally on the NHL Network.